April 6 - June 30, 2002
William King Regional Art Center
Abingdon, Virginia
Ray Kass, Juror

2002 AWARDS:
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Jeannine Barton Regan, Scottsville, VA
Virginia Watercolor Society
Best in Show $1,400

Requiem IV

Vera M. Dickerson, Troutville, VA
Ann Davenport Memorial Award/Bon Air Artist Association/ Friends of Ann davenport Memorial Award

Ballyliffen Beach

Kathy Gibian, Abingdon, VA
Marie Livermore Memorial Award


Pat Jessee, Bristol, VA
Perdue Farms Award


Karen Newell Blaesing, Hurt, VA
Central Virginia Watercolor Guild

Dove Coves

Pauline Davis Lorfano, Vienna, VA
Richmond region Watercolorist Award

Maine Attraction

Peg Redd, Fork Union, VA
Roanoke Valley Artists

A Visit With Degas

Frank Spink, Annandale, VA
Starving Artist & Depot Artist Assoc.

Lotus in the Rain

Margaret Huddy, AWS, Alexandria, VA
Chesapeake Bay Watercolorists/Holbein Watercolor set
$250 / $178 value

Sycamore in Blue

Rachel B. Collins, Alexandria, VA
Shenandoah Valley WC Guild

Whelk Shard Volutes

Jillian Warner, Richmond, VA
The Continental Properties Corp. Award

Italy II - Yellow

Emma Lou Martin, Richmond, VA
Walters Printing & Mfg.

Flower Patch #2

Betty Arehart, Waynesboro, VA
American Electric Power

Napkin Series V

Chris Krupinski, AWS, NWS, Fairfax, VA
Cartlidge foundation Award

Pears & Plums on a Quilt

Sarah W. Soderlund, Kilmarnock, VA
Margaret T. Cox Memorial Award

Mah Jongg Maven

Mei Shu, Radford, VA
Potomac Valley Watercolorists

Sunset Village

Nancy Newhard, Clifton Forge, VA
Hubard & Feiour, Inc / Gift Certificate
$100 / $100


Beverly Perdue, Midlothian, VA
Bristol Art Guild / Southern Graphics Gift Certificate
$100 / $100

Awaiting the Word

Pat Cook, Waynesboro, VA
Precision Eyewear / Gift Certificate
$100 / $100

High Tide

Karen Shelton, South Boston, VA
$500 in merchandise from Daler-Rowney

Blue II


When I sat down to view the slides for this exhibit, I had no idea what to expect.  As it turned out, I enjoyed the wide range of the work that was submitted.  I am glad to see that the criterion for this competition has expanded to include all water media.  the resulting submissions reflect a wide variety of techniques, media and subject mater.  In building the exhibit, I attempted to reflect that variety, as well as the traditions of the Virginia Watercolor Society.  Inevitably, of course, my personal tastes entered into the process also.

I feel strongly that visual art has to be accomplished enough in technique to project a presence. It is important for artists to cooperate with their medium without being overwhelmed by it.  thecnical proficiency, while admirable, cannot be the sole -- ore even major--focus of a painting.  In making my selections, i looked for work that was personally motivated and that show idea-based accomplishments.

I appreciate having been asked to be the juror for the Virginia Watercolor Society's twenty-third exhibition, and I hope that everyone who comes to the show enjoys the 97 pieces that have been selected.

Ray Kass

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